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Comment: Re:Problem was underinvestment (Score 2) 397

by Bigby (#48916225) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

I don't know what model was used, but AccuWeather and Wunderground were both predicting 8-16 in from Friday through Sunday. Despite this, all I heard was 24 in in the news and from politicians. I don't know where they got this information, because my information was not nearly as bad. We wound up getting about 6-7 in; the low side of the prediction. Even on the high side, it isn't crazy.

Comment: Re:WebMD a starting point (Score 1) 79

by Bigby (#48746903) Attached to: The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

I do a similar thing these days. I lost my trust in doctors (which appear to be turning into the IT industry real fast...bad) one an emergency visit. I was having heart palpitations at seemingly random moments. When it happened on an airplane, it really freaked me out. So I went to a doctor as I was going to fly to Europe and didn't want it to happen again. They did an EKG and blood tests. They found nothing and said it must be anxiety. Anyone who knows me knows I am the least anxious person out there. And this didn't happen when I was actually anxious. I told that to the doctor, but his diagnosis stood. I don't know what the heck he prescribed. I never used it.

No problems overseas for that whole week after it was happening nearly daily.

After I got back, it was happening again. It was really bad when I was driving home one day after work. I thought about what I did that day that was WAY more than typical. I thought about how I drank like 60 oz of Coke Zero. I stopped drinking it for 2 weeks. No issues. Drank it again to see if it was an issue and had heart palpitations in about 12 hrs. So I looked at the ingredients, cross referenced the Internet for heart beat issues, and BAM. I found aspartame. I stopped drinking Coke Zero again and had no issues. Then I chewed some gum as a test and the symptoms came again.

The next time I went to the doctor (swine flu), I told him that I found the palpitation issue and described everything I found. He appeared shocked. Maybe he took it to heart, but I don't know. Every time it happens now, I can look back at the last 24 hours for anything different that I ate. I always find aspartame. It now happens like once a year, which happens to be when someone puts that crap in brownies or something.

For the record, no issues with other fake sugars.

Comment: Re:Can I leave out ESPN and CNN ? (Score 1) 196

by Bigby (#48746663) Attached to: Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

Why comment on this news then? There are plenty of non-ESPN options, like Netflix and Hulu. The fact is, ESPN is the most expensive for a reason. It is BY FAR the most watch cable channel. This is BIG news because the biggest cable channel is now accessible as a stream for as low as $20. That is the cheapest one can pay to legally watch ESPN related channels. You can watch ESPN3 for free, but no live games. The live games has been the big missing cog.

With this change, expect your al la carte option in a couple years. TV contracts are breaking down and direct feeds to providers is the future. HBO toppled the first domino with their annoucement last year. When ESPN falls (this is the first step), the whole thing will come tumbling down.

Comment: Re:Put up a wall at the border. (Score 1) 484

by Bigby (#48634611) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I know it is in jest, but that is actually illegal per the Constitution. "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States." Not necessarily a toll or random inspections, but you can't treat it like its a border of the country or someone is going to take it to the Supreme Court and likely win.

Comment: Re:boat anchor (Score 1) 118

by Bigby (#48071821) Attached to: HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

There is a reason why IBM sold their PC business, Dell went private, and HP is selling theirs off. PC production shrinking and too competitive. The need will always be there, but the margin is like running a convenience store. They are sending it off to "die". But only die in the wall street sense.

Comment: Re:In other news ... (Score 2) 292

by Bigby (#45986329) Attached to: Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

That is what happens when you have autonomous public companies. Most of Jersey City works this way, including trash collection, parking authority, etc... Everything but the police and fire departments. And guess what? Jersey City is like 90% Democrat.

This isn't a party issue. It is an issue with autonomous public companies. A company is either private or public. And guess what? Public companies are the ones that need most of the regulating. They are the ones raking profits that are not checked by other companies, since they were granted monopolies. The only check is to vote for someone else to appoint a new leader of the autonomous public company. But that never changes anything, because no one can overcome the power of free money when they are put in that position.

Where else does the leader of the parking authority making $250K a year? Yes, the leader of the group of people that issue parking permits and drive around ticketing people. The leader...not the one doing it.

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court

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